Not being a stranger to creating a few controversial pieces of art myself, It was of interest to me that "Pepe the Frog" made it’s way to Hillary Clinton’s website (I'd link to her site, but well, i'm paranoid, so won't bother) in the form of an article telling us that it’s a “racist” symbol akin to that of the Nazi and Confederate flags. Are you kidding me?!
Yes, Pepe the Frog made it onto the ADL’s list of Anti-Semitic things because a few white supremacists supposedly used it in Anti-Semitic memes (I say supposedly because I have only ever seen Pepe show up in
Quite honestly I find the whole thing absurd. If a woman running to be President of the United States can be triggered by a cartoon, then there is not much hope for the country.
It would appear that the first time Clinton became aware of this cartoon frog was in an image called “The Deplorables”, which was based on the Expendables movie featuring Sylvester Stallone. I would post images but can’t trust that my website provider, Weebly, wouldn’t pull my website and I’ve spent years building it up to what it is today. Just look at what they did to fellow cartoonist Ben Garrison over at Zazzle!
Again, not worth the risk of having something happen to my website, but I feel the whole situation is bizarre. I personally like Pepe the Frog meme and often find it hilarious, and again I have never seen it used in racist or Anti-Semitic memes, but what Clinton and the ADL have essentially done, in my view, is impinge on free speech.
Assuming that Pepe the Frog has been used by White Supremacist people, I really feel that this does not make Pepe the Frog a racist symbol UNLESS the creator of the original idea, Matt Furie, claimed it was created for that reason, or at least had those leanings, but he does not. In fact Matt Furie, ironically enough is a Hillary Supporter. (or maybe he just didn’t want to get suicided lol). According to an article in AVClub, Furie is as confused about the whole thing as most of us are. In fact Furie, like myself, had never even heard about the “Alt Right” (the so called Alternative Right, a supposedly more far right version of right leaning Republicans….I THINK, I am still learning about this). I learned about the existence of the Alt Right from Clinton herself, so inadvertently she gave the Alt Right a huge boost.
There’s even a guy out there who had a Pepe the Frog tattoo before it “officially” became as evil as the Nazi flag. Now he’s thinking he’ll have to remove it in case it scares people. Since Hillary and the ADL have declared this cartoon a symbol of hate, anyone caught using the symbol will no doubt be ridiculed, if not outright shunned. The man has the good sense to at least be considering that the ADL should be forced to pay for the removal of his tattoo.
I’m sure I will receive hate mail, or a few negative comments. Fine, have your say, but the point I want to make is this. Trump may make for a terrible president, who knows, but can you seriously consider voting for a candidate who feels threatened by a cartoon? If she can’t deal with a cartoon frog, how the hell can she tackle a real monster? Like the 20 trillion dollar national debt? Good luck America, it appears you’re going to need it!